Sunday, August 21, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Justin Verlander
The Boston Red Sox head to Comerica Park on Sunday to take on the Detroit Tigers. The probable pitchers are Eduardo Rodriguez for the Red Sox and Justin Verlander for the Tigers. The opening line for this game has Boston at +127 and Detroit at -137. The over/under is 9. The Red Sox have a 60-56-5 over/under mark and a 61-60-0 run line record, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Tigers are 65-57-0 against the run line and have a 60-56-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Red Sox head into this game with a 68-53 record, and they are 30-26 on the road. Starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez has a 2-5 record with an ERA of 5.11 and a WHIP of 1.40. He has 60 strikeouts during his 68.2 innings pitched and he has given up 72 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.91. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.92 and they have allowed 318 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the pen while they've been struck out 377 times and walked 145 times this year. As a unit, Boston has given up 8.65 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.37 hitters per nine. They are 16th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.18. The Red Sox pitchers have collectively given up 1,033 base hits and 500 earned runs. They have allowed 134 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 375 batters and struck out 1,000. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.10.
As a team, Boston is hitting .286, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .267 average on the road. The Red Sox have a .470 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .351 which is good for 1st in the league. They rank 1st in baseball with 10.07 hits per contest. Mookie Betts comes into this game hitting .316 and his on-base percentage is at .357. He has 162 hits this season along with 98 runs scored and 89 runs batted in. He's struck out 68 times and has walked 33 times. Xander Bogaerts is hitting .311 and he has an on-base percentage of .365. He has totaled 153 hits so far while scoring 86 runs and he's driven in 69. He has walked 39 times and has struck out 84 times. The Red Sox have 1,218 hits, including 270 doubles and 157 home runs. They've stolen 67 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. Boston has walked 408 times this season and they've struck out 852 times as a unit. They've left 879 men on base and have a team OPS of .821. They score 5.53 runs per contest and have scored a total of 669 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this game with a 34-25 home mark and a 64-58 overall record. With an ERA of 3.44, Justin Verlander has a 12-7 record and a 1.05 WHIP. He has 176 strikeouts over the 167.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 131 hits. He has allowed 7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.67. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.29 and they have given up 393 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .266 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 319 times and walking 124 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.13 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.43 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.25. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,100 base knocks and 512 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 135 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 349 hitters and struck out 896. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 4.19.
As a team, they are batting .265, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .272 average at home. The Tigers hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.12 hits per contest. Ian Kinsler comes into this matchup batting .282 and he has an OBP of .340. He has 138 hits this year along with 93 runs scored and 63 RBI. He's struck out 98 times and has walked on 34 occasions. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .308 and he has an OBP of .382. He has collected 139 hits so far while he's scored 66 runs and drove in 78. He has earned a walk 54 times and has punched out 89 times. The Tigers as a unit have 1,113 base hits, including 178 doubles and 158 homers. They have 49 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. Detroit as a team has walked 355 times this year and they have struck out 992 times. They've had 829 men left on base and have an OPS of .757. They score 4.58 runs per game and have totaled 559 runs so far this season.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 60-56-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 61-60-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 60-56-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 65-57-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
08/16/16 P Eduardo Rodriguez Hamstring left last game, "?" for next scheduled start
08/15/16 P Steven Wright Shoulder 15-day DL (8/8)
08/06/16 C Ryan Hanigan Ankle 15-day DL (8/5)
07/20/16 P Koji Uehara Pectoral 15-day DL (7/20)
06/24/16 LF Chris Young Hamstring 15-day DL (6/23)
06/17/16 2B Josh Rutledge Knee 60-day DL (6/15)
06/07/16 P Carson Smith Elbow 60-day DL (5/15)
06/06/16 C Blake Swihart Ankle 60-day DL (6/5)
05/03/16 3B Pablo Sandoval Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
04/04/16 P Brandon Workman Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
08/13/16 SS Jose Iglesias Hamstring 15-day DL (8/11)
08/09/16 CF Cameron Maybin Thumb 15-day DL (8/9)
08/07/16 P Jordan Zimmerman Neck 15-day DL (8/5)
08/07/16 3B Nick Castellanos Hand 15-day DL (8/7)
08/02/16 P Mike Pelfrey Back 15-day DL (8/2)
06/21/16 P Drew VerHagen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/23), out for season
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers
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